U.S. Customs and Border Protection is currently circulating a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas for installing "Integrated Fixed Towers" along the border. It includes the following Mission Statement segment:
"A segment of the border between ports of entry is considered under effective control when CBP can simultaneously and consistently achieve the following: (1) detect illegal entries into the United States; (2) identify and classify these entries to determine the level of threat involved; (3) efficiently and effectively respond to these entries; and (4) bring each event to a satisfactory law enforcement resolution." Effective vs. Operational Control
The Secure Fence Act of 2006 defines the job of the Department of Homeland Security as follows:
Operational Control Defined - In this section, the term `operational control' means the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States.
To prevent, means to stop at the border - not chase people after they cross. Fences stop people; sensors do not. In order to avoid this messy little problem, the bureaucrats at DHS use the term “effective control,” which allows them to avoid the construction of unsightly things like fences. This definition lets them spend money on high tech things that will let people cross the border first - and then chase some down while letting others through.
So here we go again. Related:Goodbye SBInet, hello Integrated Fixed Tower system?